At number 27 on Philly YIMBY’s December Development Rundown is the vertical addition proposed at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse-Square, Center City, which will add a slender 19-story structure atop an existing Freeman Auction House, bringing the total to 312 feet and 25 stories in height. Designed by Eric Leighton of Cecil Baker + Partners Architects and developed by Astoban Realty Group, the proposal will preserve the original prewar building’s fcade and use the lower floor space for a commercial tenant, resident/tenant storage, parking, retail and amenity space. The new tower will feature residential space, with the floors 20-24 split into two penthouses beneath the mechanical level at the 25th floor. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed no progress at the moment, though a construction permit was issued on November 24th.
1810 Chestnut Street
A six-story, pre-war structure at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square is slated for a vertical extension that would boost it to a height of 312 feet and 20 stories while preserving the historic facade. The development will feature retail at the ground level, parking in the basement, and residences on the upper floors.
The city of Philadelphia has been booming recently with skyscrapers and buildings of all shapes and sizes. While most of the new buildings have been proposed and built in Center City, the skyline is extending in all directions. The skyline made its first significant leap across the Schuylkill River back in 2005 with the 437-foot, 29-story Cira Centre; now, the area boasts three towers over 400 feet all within a few blocks of one another. The district may soon add a new supertall at the site of Schuylkill Yards, as seen on SHOP Architects renderings from 2016 (though the tower has been excluded from recent renderings).